Location Archives: oakland

Where Oakland A’s Fans Live

Facebook shared some interesting data about where sports fans live in the Bay Area. Not surprisingly, the Oakland A’s seem to have the most condensed fan base, concentrated mostly in the East Bay. The blue-collar, low-budget, money-balling, raw-sewaging, Oakland A’s clearly don’t have the mass appeal of the sexier San Francisco Giants. Or, maybe those […]

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Permits for Home Improvements

Homeowners find themselves doing home improvements in  need of  a new roof, or a new water heater, electrical etc with  bids from contractors includes cost of permit etc….. Homeowner assumes all work is being done to code and permit protects them……..NOT so fast………this is what has been happening throughout the Bay Area with certain contractors….. Permit […]

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2013 Outlook: Temescal Market Stays Red Hot

They say that real estate is all about location. But when it comes to investing, timing the market right doesn’t hurt either. And when you get both right, investing in real estate can feel downright easy. The 94608 zip code includes Emeryville and trendy Temescal, that special part of Oakland that feels more like Berkeley. […]

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2013 Outlook: East Oakland Prices Up Sharply

If you enjoy safety, there isn’t a ton to like about East Oakland. Slammed with foreclosures, crime and general neglect, the housing downturn was hard on this downtrodden part of town. But price is a powerful force, and as values pushed lower, some intrepid investors took the plunge. Being a landlord in East Oakland takes […]

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Buyers-Consider FHA 203K loans

Why should buyers consider FHA 203K loans? Because of this market.  The competition is fierce with low inventory. Many homes left are in need of a repair…..This is where a 203K loan can leverage a buyer to get into a location or school system previously unaffordable. 203K FHA loans are rehab loans. There are two separate […]

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Wells Fargo Peddling Down Payment Assistance Crack

Wells Fargo is now peddling down payment assistance crack to potential FHA home buyers in Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Concord, Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Pittsburg and Richmond – areas that have been hardest-hit by foreclosures. Similar to the glory days of down payment assistance programs, borrowers could buy homes with zero money out-of-pocket. Back in 2008, the FHA […]

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Bay Area Rents Still On Fire

Good news for landlords, bad news for renters. The Rent Bubble across the Bay Area continues to grow. From The San Francisco Chronicle: Apartment rents in the Bay Area’s three biggest cities continue to rise, with Oakland seeing a huge surge, probably fueled by renters priced out of San Francisco crossing the bay. “Oakland is the […]

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